Four-time Black Reel Award winner, writer/director/producer Spike Lee has received a record-breaking 26 Black Reel Award nominations, the most in awards history. The celebrated auteur was spotlighted as a Producer for Outstanding Motion Picture for Love & Basketball (2001), Outstanding Director for Inside Man (2007), Outstanding Television Documentary for If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise (2010), and Outstanding Television Director for Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013).
Lee has received five nominations as a Producer for Outstanding Motion Picture (Chi-Raq (2015), Miracle at St. Anna (2007), 25th Hour (2002), Bamboozled (2000), and Love & Basketball (2000)); nine nominations for Outstanding Director for Chi-Raq, Red Hook Summer (2012), Passing Strange (2009), Miracle at St. Anna, Inside Man, She Hate Me (2004), 25th Hour, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam (1999); five nominations for Outstanding Screenplay for Chi-Raq, Red Hook Summer, She Hate Me, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam; and two nominations for Outstanding Documentary for Bad 25 (2012) and Passing Strange.
On the television side, Lee has garnered an Outstanding Television Movie/Mini-Series nomination for 3 a.m. (2001); and four nominations for Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Mini-Series for Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013), Sucker Free City (2004), Miracle’s Boy (2005) and A Huey P. Newton Story (2001), as well as an Outstanding Television Documentary nomination for If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise.
Lee’s movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.